Sunday, July 31, 2011

Project 365 Week 31

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A look at a week in my life un-filtered & un-retouched.

Sunday, July 24 - Saturday, July 30, 2011


Since I'm going to 3 blogging conferences in the next several weeks, BlogHer, BlogPaws & BarkWorld Expo, Chris took me out to buy me some new suitcases.  I was sad that they didn't have yellow, but I do like the blue.  There are 2 more little suitcases inside like little Russian stacking dolls.


Oskar enjoying a tummy rub from Jack.  Pure puppy dog bliss!

Chris was home sick with bronchitis, so he & Oskar were checking out some daytime TV.


The only shot I got today was of Jack mowing the backyard thru the screen.


Some Teddy The Dog products that I got sent to review for Pet Blogs United.  I really love their stuff!


Chloe being a loaf!


A surprise shot of Jack that I'm sure he'll hate me publishing, lol!

I want to thank you all for your prayers and comments on my grandmother's passing.  They really do help.

To see all of the other Project 365 participants, click over to Sara's blog.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Goodbye Is Not Forever

My grandma passed peacefully early this morning, with my grandpa and all 9 of her children surrounding her.  At 44 I know that I'm so lucky to have had her with me for so long and lucky that she got to know my children for so many years.

I'll probably be on a little blogging break, but your prayers for my family are very appreciated.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Project 365 - Week 30

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I have to ask for prayers this week.  My grandma has entered the hospital for the final time.  All they can do now is make her comfortable.  I ask for your prayers for a peaceful passing & for comfort in the hearts of my family.
Sunday 7/17 - Saturday 7/23


We celebrated Jack's birthday with my parents.  My mom hates having her picture taken, but she agreed to one.


Chris hard at work at my computer.  He didn't really want his picture taken either, lol.


One of our cats, Moe, sat & stared into the corner for about 15 minutes.  She wasn't sleeping, nor was there a bug or anything else there to hold her interest.  Mabe she was just amazed at how messy our house is!

I found this one, lone Queen Anne's Lace in the yard.  I love Queen Anne's Lace.


Oskar trying to stay cool.  He usually spends his days patrolling our yard, but this heatwave was even too much for him.

Friday - No picture


Chris came home from the Farmer's Market with these flowers for me.  He rocks!

For the rest of the Project 365 players, check out Sara's blog.

Monday, July 18, 2011

My Delicious Idea!

While I was camping I came up with this great treat!

Ingredients: Milano cookies & Nutella.
Directions: Apply Nutella liberally to Milano cookie!

It's just too good!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Project 365 - Week 29

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I have been away from Project 365 for a few weeks due to sickness & vacation, but I'm thrilled to be back.  So without further ado, here is my week un-retouched & un-filtered.

July 10 - July 16, 2011


Chris loves to hang his laundry outside on the line.  I get a kick out of watching his t-shirts wave at me from the yard!


We had a new, desperately needed, mattress delivered today.  Here are Chris & Oskar enjoying it!


We left on our camping trip in our motor home & Oskar took over the co-pilot seat!  I let him because the captain's chair directly behind it is much more comfy.


I think this would be a good shot of Chris & me if I didn't look like I had a bad combover!


Chris & Oskar relaxing after we unpacked the motor home.


Oskar in his Thundershirt.  The Thundershirt is for dogs with anxiety problems.  In Oskar's case it's loud noises like fireworks and thunder.  Usually he would be cowering in the bathtub while fireworks are going on like they were Friday, but the Thundershirt works amazingly well and Oskar was able to relax for the duration.  I highly recommend the Thundershirt for anybody with fearful dogs.


I've gone back onto Nutrisystem to hopefully help with my gastoparesis.  I really like the NS program and have had success with it in the past.  Here's a look at my food log for my first two days.

Please stop by Sara's blog to see all of the other Project 365 participants.

Monday, July 11, 2011

My Jack

Jack & his GF Alexis
My baby, Jack Andrew, is 16 today.  My Jack is funny, kind, loving, smart and totally his own person.  He has a great sense of style, but I don't have a great picture to represent that.

He is so caring and loving that he makes my day everytime I am with him.  He spends 50% of his time with his dad, so I miss him a lot of the time, but am always thrilled when he walks back through the door.

I wish that all of you could know him to know what a special person he truly is. 

Every year I shed a few tears on my boys birthdays, happy tears that I have helped to create such amazing people.

Happy birthday, baby, I love you so very, very much.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

44 Will Be My Best Year Ever!

I turned 44 yesterday.  I am determined to make this year my best one ever.

I'm going to stay out of the hospital, find a diet that works better for my gastroparesis and try to enjoy life every day instead of worrying about things that may or may not even happen.

I hope to be a better wife to my husband and a better mother to my boys.  Some people start a new outlook at New Years, but for me this birthday seems like a new starting point for me.

I think the fact that my neighbor was murdered at just 60 years old, just when he was opening a new chapter of his life (retirement), made me really realize that I have a responsibility to stop being a "sick person" and really start living my life.

Does anyone want to make a new start with me?

Friday, July 8, 2011

I'm Home

Well I made it out of the hospital late on Thursday, but a tragedy has taken me down the path of depression.

My next door neighbor was shot & killed, by his older brother, on July 3rd.  This man & his wife have been so good to me, especially when I was a single mom struggling to make a go of it.  His kindess and compassion came through in every conversation I ever had with him.  He was a man of God and a man of goodness.  This has shaken me to my core and is making me re-evaluate the way I live each day of my life.

Please keep his beloved wife Joan and their whole family in your prayers.  I'll be back to posting more regularly when I clear some of the shock and pain out of my system.  I know he is with our Heavenly Father, but his loss will be felt every single day by me and those that knew him.
Thank you in advance for your prayers.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Back In The Hospital

Hi All,

Pam is back in the hospital.  Not the Holiday celebration she had planned!  Hopefully she will be back soon to resume her blogging.